Colts win 1 for ailing coach

By Barry Wilner

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Tillman and Briggs returned two of the team's five interceptions for touchdowns in Monday night's 34-18 victory at Dallas. Safety Major Wright returned one the previous week against St. Louis.

"There is an emphasis on it. And after a while, you see one guy doing it, you want to join in on that action," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

The Jaguars (1-4) played the final quarter amid a chorus of boos.


At Pittsburgh, Shaun Suisham's 34-yard field goal as time expired won it as Philadelphia again hurt itself with turnovers — two fumbles by Michael Vick, one at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line.

The Eagles (3-2) took the lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Brent Celek with 6:33 remaining, but the Steelers responded by driving 64 yards, including a pair of key third-down conversions by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, to set up the winning kick.

"I always have confidence in myself and the guys that we can do it," said Roethlisberger after engineering his 25th career fourth-quarter comeback. "It's good to go down. That was everybody on that drive."

Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in his first game of the season as the Steelers (2-2) avoided their first two-game losing streak in three years. Star safety Troy Polamalu aggravated a right calf injury and left in the first quarter.


At East Rutherford, N.J., Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw set career bests in leading New York (3-2).

Cruz caught three touchdown passes from Eli Manning covering 3, 7 and 28 yards, while Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200. He had 132 entering the game; the Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more.

They became the first tandem since 1960 to get 200 yards rushing and three TD catches in a game.

The Browns are 0-5 for the first time since their return season to the NFL in 1999 and have lost 11 straight over two seasons. They're the only remaining winless team.


At Minneapolis, the Vikings (4-1) kept up their surprising strong start with a third straight victory. Minnesota has yielded a total of 33 points in those three wins.

Percy Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards. Although Christian Ponder threw his first two interceptions after 143 attempts without one, he finished 25 for 35 for 258 yards and two scores against the reeling Titans (1-4).

Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith was ejected after a tussle between the two teams. One of the officials tugged Smith away from the pile, and Smith responded by shoving him, drawing an automatic 15-yard penalty and the disqualification.

Titans RB Javon Ringer was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury.


At Cincinnati, the Dolphins (2-3) shrugged off two straight overtime defeats and hung on when Reshad Jones intercepted Andy Dalton's overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left.

Mike Nugent was wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with 3 minutes left — his first miss of the season — for Cincinnati (3-2). Dalton was sacked three times and picked off twice.

"We had two tough weeks leading up to this one," rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "Guys really talked all week about how we've got to finish. We were two plays away from having a winning record."


At Charlotte, Seattle's defense came up with some big stops late in the game and rookie Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.

Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2).

Cam Newton was only 12 for 29 as the Panthers (1-4) managed 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn's 33-yard interception return.


At Kansas City, the Ravens (4-1) couldn't do a lot on offense except for Ray Rice, who ran for 101 yards, and rookie Justin Tucker, who provided all the points with field goals of 28, 26 and 39 yards.

The Chiefs (1-4) had four more turnovers, giving them 19 for the season, and lost QB Matt Cassel in the fourth quarter with what the team described as a head injury.

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